DIMAN, Lebanon: Ambassadors of Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Qatar were no-shows to a meeting Tuesday with Maronite Patriarch Beshara Rai and the Syrian Ambassador to Lebanon.
Walid Ghayyad, spokesman for Bkirki, the seat of the Maronite church, told The Daily Star the absence of the Arab envoys was likely due to travel abroad or the worsening security situation in Lebanon.
Their absence is also likely the result of their unwillingness to go to a meeting attended by Syrian Ambassador to Lebanon Ali Abdel-Karim Ali, who was the first to arrive at the gathering.
The Iraqi and Moroccan ambassadors also failed to show up at the meeting in Diman, the summer residence of the Maronite Patriarch.
Those who attended the meeting were the ambassadors of the Arab League, Egypt, Sudan, Tunis, Algeria and Palestine as well as the charge d'affaires from Yemen, Oman and Jordan.
The meeting comes after similar discussions between Rai and the ambassadors of the European Union and Latin American countries.
A Bkirki source said these meetings are designed to strengthen state ties as well as exchange views on the current situation in Lebanon and the region and ways to boost cooperation at various levels.